Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

A Visit to the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva and Tips for Your Day Trip
The Ice Castles of Lake Geneva are a winter bucket list must-do! A day trip from the Chicago Suburbs to see real life ice castles.

Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2020
During the busy holiday season, watch the true meaning of Christmas come to life at these churches with live nativity scenes.

An Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic 2020 at the Brookfield Zoo
With colorful light displays, decorated christmas trees, and larger than life light-up animals, Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic festival is truly magical.

Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa
Snap a FREE photo with Jolly Ol' St. Nick at these safe, socially distant holiday spots in the western suburbs. Don't forget your camera!

Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks
Bundle up and enjoy these outdoor holiday walks throughout the western suburbs. You'll see festive window decorations, holiday trees and even catch elves!

2020 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs
All of the best Christmas lights in the Chicago suburbs with addresses, photos, and a map. Take a drive or walk through these light displays!

The Giant Kidlist Holiday Bucket List for December 2020
Make time for fun this December! We have your holiday bucket list outlined by day and also a checklist to make family fun easy this season.

2020 Tree Lighting Ceremonies to See That Magic Moment
Get in the holiday spirit by watching these annual tree lighting ceremonies in the western suburbs. Virtual options too!

Fresh Ideas for Safe Fun as Illinois Moves to Phase 3 on Friday
On Friday, Illinois starts Phase 3 mitigation measures. Get the scoop on what that means for kid-friendly fun, both at-home and outdoors.

2020 Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)
Choosing a Christmas Tree Farm is easy with our jam-packed guide featuring prices, tree selection, location, prices, and more!

Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2020
Photo opportunities, festivals, and virtual Santa visits... where to see Santa in Chicago's western suburbs in 2020.

Old-Fashioned Family Fun: Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides!
Places to find a horse drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley ride in the southwest and western suburbs. Enjoy the holiday season with some festive rides!